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Workaholics Heteronymous

Workaholics Heteronymous hosts underground musical projects. Mostly solo, mostly guitar-based. Soundwise, free Improv collides with ambient, dark ambient, drone, freak folk, free jazz, free rock, noise and whatnot. WH is primarily a netlabel, but occasionally releases free CD-R at select underground record stores.

The projects

Some are permanent, others are one-shot side projects and others yet are collaborations across existing projects. All releases are snapshots of ongoing musical processes, rather than end products. Some current projects are listed below.

Aurora Aquiniensis revolves around the dissolution and coagulation of mystical, devotional sounds by musical alchemists looking for the Philosophers' Tones.

Deadly Old Farts blare the kind of racket made by a bunch of ranting old lefties taking their (angry) pet badgers for a stroll.

Lay Brethren emit primitive sounds that echo in vast, wide-open spaces.

Retromaan (a.k.a. Retröman) combines free improvisation with Heavy Riffage of a certain vintage.

Roderick's House utters the broodings of a melancholy mind longing for a shelter in Time.

Streams of Unconsciousness presents freely improvised sounds of all kinds, freshly fished from the Deep Pool.

4774 generates thoughtfully abrasive, ruefully quiet free improvisation.

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by Retromaan (a.k.a. Retröman)
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Retromaan (a.k.a. Retröman) combine free improvisation with Heavy Riffage of a certain vintage. DOOM Indigo , their first release for Workaholics Heteronymous, is a dense thicket of distorted sounds, both thick and thin. Our hero, Retromaan, dressed in his customary purple bandana and bell bottoms and sporting a handlebar moustache, stands on the high pier at low tide. Diving deep into his subconscious, he ponders this grave question: "Am I an improviser who plays Doom, or a doomster who...
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by Lay Brethren
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Lay Brethren emit primitive sounds that echo in vast, wide-open spaces. On Sea Shanties , their second full-length on Workaholics Heteronymous, melodic and rythmic patterns come out of nowhere and disappear abruptly. The specificity of this release is that it was recorded by the sea side, so the background noise is not mere tape hiss, but the sound of the wind and waves. If you listen very closely, you might even catch the cries of seagulls on some pieces.
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by Roderick's House
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"Repentance alone does not help. Grace cannot be bought with repentance; it cannot be bought at all. A similar thing has already happened to many other people (…). Once in their youth the light shone for them; they saw the light and followed the star, but then came reason and the mockery of the world; then came faint-heartedness and apparent failure; then came weariness and disillusionment, and so they lost their way again, they became blind again. Some of them have spent the rest of...
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by Aurora Aquiniensis
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" V.I.T.R.I.O.L. or Visita Interiorem Terrae Rectificando Invenies Operae Lapidem "    -- Alchemical acronym of unknown origin Aurora Aquiniensis revolves around the dissolution and coagulation of mystical, devotional sounds by musical alchemists looking for the Philosophers' Tones - a time-consuming process, apparently. Aptly named, V.I.T.R.I.O.L. is their long-awaited first release on Workaholics Heteronymous.
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by Streams of Unconsciousness
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Streams of Unconsciousness present snapshots of freely improvised sounds of all kinds, freshly fished from the Deep Pool. A Hundred Chinese Peacocks is their third release on Workaholics Heteronymous. While we are not really quite sure where the title comes from, the music herein ranges from delicate to cluttered and does evoke fleeting visions of China.
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by Roderick's House
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" (…) Ne parlez pas : c'est ici Qu'on égorge le soleil. Douze bouchers sont en ligne, Douze coutelas pareils. Ici l'on saigne la lune Pour lui donner sa pâleur (…) " from Jules Supervielle, "Le Voyage Difficile" in Le Forçat Innocent A Slow Ride to the Low Sun is an improvised piece recorded at Roderick's House in a single take with no overdub in April, 2014. It is dedicated to the Sun God, the Moon Goddess and Jules Supervielle. Sincerely, Roderick
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by Streams of Unconsciousness
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"Let there be a voice to assure them, by day and even while they are asleep, that in spite of all the terror, all the bewilderment and confusion, the Ultimate Reality remains unshakably itself and is of the same substance as the inner light of even the most cruelly tormented mind."         Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception Streams of Unconsciousness present snapshots of freely improvised sounds of all kinds, freshly fished from the Deep Pool. Ultimate Reality II: A Sunlit...
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by Streams of Unconsciousness
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"Ultimate Reality cannot be understood except intuitively, through an act of the will and the affection"            Aldous Huxley, Grey Eminence Ultimate Reality: A White Flower Among Thorny Bushes is intended to be the first in a series of releases by Streams of Unconsciousness . This series will present improvisations related to a state of acute mindfulness that one could almost describe as satori . The pieces will last from about 30 minutes to one hour or so. This playing...
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by Deadly Old Farts
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Marxian (adjective): that borrows from Marx's concepts and categories, without necessarily adhering to the Marxist political doctrine. Example: Theories that see economic crises as inherent to the very structure of capitalism present a Marxian feature, but deviate from orthodox Marxist doctrine as long as they insist on the ability of capitalism to reinvent itself after a period of crisis. "For example Milton, who wrote Paradise Lost for five pounds, was an unproductive labourer. On the...
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by Streams of Unconsciousness
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Streams of Unconsciousness present snapshots of freely improvised sounds of all kinds, freshly fished from the Deep Pool. Solos and Duets, their second offering for Workaholics Heteronymous, contains exactly what it says on the tin.
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Streams of Unconsciousness present snapshots of freely improvised sounds of all kinds, freshly fished from the Deep Pool. The Day After is their first album for Workaholics Heteronymous. It was recorded in the early days of 2014.
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by Deadly Old Farts
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"I remember asking Christie from Drunkdriver, why is it you play so hard? (…) And he said, 'Well, I guess it's the American work ethic.'" Mattin quoted in an interview in The Wire 321 (February 2010) American Work Ethic is the second release by Deadly Old Farts on Workaholics Heteronymous. This EP/short album was recorded in 2014, shelved for a while, and mixed in 2016 and 2017 (except for Track 4, which is basically the original raw recording).
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by Roderick's House
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"I hung upon a windy tree, For three long nights, Wounded with a spear, a sacrifice Of myself unto myself."     - After the Havamal A Sacrifice of Myself unto Myself is an offering of Roderick's House . It consists in three spontaneously improvised pieces, with no modification or overdub whatsoever.
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by Lay Brethren
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Lay Brethren emit primitive sounds that echo in vast, wide-open spaces. T'is a free country, innit? is their first full-length release on Workaholics Heteronymous (they also contributed two very short pieces to the Obsolete Formats compilation). Overall, it is a joyous mess: haphazard melodic lines crash into each other, while arythmic non-patterns come off abruptly. Familiar tones gradually take the listener towards a stranger land, a freer country. Just relax and enjoy the ride.
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by Various Artists
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Obsolete Formats is Workaholics Heteronymous ' first compilation. It features contributions from the straightforward Lay Brethren , the elusive 4774 and the ubiquitous Streams of Unconsciousness , all recorded over 2012-2013. Some consider Free Improvisation as an obsolete vehicle for musical expression. We do not. Free Improv, in all its diversity, is at the heart of Workaholics Heteronymous ' musical continuum. This diversity is exemplified here by the contrast between the short spontaneous...
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by Lay Brethren
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On Four of the Dharma , their third full-length release for Workaholics Heteronymous, Lay Brethren apply minimalist techniques to their usual approach (the free emission of primitive sounds). Disclaimer: Lay Brethren would like to thank Rhys Chatham for making his "Pythagorean tuning" public and for disclosing the secrets of his looping approach. We acknowledge our debt and dedicate this release to him. We did our best to avoid any conscious (and even unconscious) plagiarism. However,...
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by 4774
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4774 generates thoughtfully abrasive, ruefully quiet free improvisation. In Mandolin and objects , 4774 performs improvisations using a cheap mandolin, prepared with various objects and amplified with contact mikes, as a sound source.
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by Various Artists
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Gangleri began his questioning thus: "Who is foremost, or oldest, of all the gods?" Hárr answered: "He is called in our speech Allfather, but in the Elder Ásgard he had twelve names: one is Allfather; the second is Lord, or Lord of Hosts; the third is Nikarr, or Spear-Lord; the fourth is Nikudr, or Striker; the fifth is Knower of Many Things; the sixth, Fulfiller of Wishes; the seventh, Far-Speaking One; the eighth, The Shaker, or He that Putteth the Armies to Flight; the...
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by 4774
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4774 generates thoughtfully abrasive, ruefully quiet free improvisation. Pointillism, their first full-length release on Workaholics Heteronymous (they also contributed a piece to the Obsolete Formats compilation), showcases the ruefully quiet aspect of their work.